PG&E pleads guilty to 84 counts of involuntary manslaughter for the Camp Fire

“The country’s largest utility pleaded guilty Tuesday to 84 felony counts of involuntary manslaughter stemming from the deadliest and most destructive fire in California history,” as USA Today and others are reporting.

“Pacific Gas & Electric, long accused of putting profits before customer safety, has acknowledged its neglected equipment set off the fire that destroyed most of the Northern California town of Paradise in 2018. The Camp Fire claimed the lives of 85 people, but prosecutors weren’t sure they could establish one of the deaths was the company’s fault. The blaze destroyed more than 18,000 structures and burned 153,000 acres. 

“At Tuesday’s hearing in superior court in Butte County, where what’s left of Paradise is located, Judge Michael Deems recited the 84 counts one by one as photos of the victims were shown on a courtroom screen.”

The rest of the article is here.

Author: jeffpelline

Jeff Pelline is a veteran editor and award-winning journalist - in print and online. He is publisher of Sierra FoodWineArt magazine and its website Jeff covered business and technology for The San Francisco Chronicle for 12 years, and he was a founding editor and Editor of CNET News for eight years, among other positions. Jeff has a bachelor's degree from UC Berkeley and a master's from Northwestern University. His hobbies include sailing, swimming, and trout fishing in the Sierra.

One thought on “PG&E pleads guilty to 84 counts of involuntary manslaughter for the Camp Fire”

  1. Is there ever going to be a time when a person pays for the carnage caused by the lack of upkeep on the PG&E lines and equipment? Obviously fines have little impact because didn’t PG&E get fined for the San Bruno disaster? I see nothing changing for us until an actual person is held responsible for their decisions.

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